Current Sermon Series

Earlier this spring we asked you for suggestions about things you’d like to hear a sermon on this summer. We took the most common responses and clustered them into three questions/topics that we’ll be addressing over the coming weeks. We’ll keep some of your other questions in mind for later this fall, or perhaps for our new discussion sessions on Wednesday evenings after the summer. Here’s the break-down of what we’ll be covering this month:

 

July 8th - How can I know that I’m saved and cannot be lost? By Jim Chen

July 15th - Why do we pray for wellness/healing when it might not be God’s will for us? By Kevin Armstrong

July 22nd - With all this talk about the Holy Spirit, what happened to Jesus & the Father? By Howard Russell

July 29th - A special visit from Jeff Smith of Salt & Light Ministries


Previous Sermon Series

Refocus 

 

“Jesus is coming soon!” the sign boldly proclaimed. That’s actually been the cry of Christians for over 2,000 years now. You really can’t blame folks for thinking sometimes that we Christians don’t really understand what the word “soon” actually means. Christians have always lived with a sense of Jesus immanent return. It’s like we were meant to. From the earliest days of the church (after Easter) the disciples wondered aloud, “Will you now restore the Kingdom?” Jesus’ answer then is the same as today, “It’s not for you to know the times or dates set by the Father … you just get on with being my witnesses” (Acts 1:6-8).

Christian scholars have historically made sense of this conundrum of the Kingdom using the lens, “already, but not yet”. It means that the Kingdom of heaven is indeed here on earth, and has been since the time of Jesus, but that it is not yet present in its fullness. Not all of the earth and creation has been restored to the Father yet. That work is on-going. The future fullness of the Kingdom looks forward to that day, when all things have been brought to the feet of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:24).  

In this year’s theme, “Restore: On earth as in heaven”, we have been looking at the present reality of the kingdom by calling our attention to the things Jesus said about the kingdom here and now. In this final month of preaching on this series, we want to bring into focus the tension between the present state of the kingdom and that glorious future state which we are still waiting for. But our hope is that, when all is said and done, none of us will still be waiting for a kingdom to come as much as we are working on behalf of a kingdom that is already here.

 

Sunday, June 3rd                                  What Time Is It Now? :  Matthew 24:1-8                              Kevin Armstrong

Sunday, June 10th                                What’s in Focus? : Matthew 24:14                                         Jim Chen

Sunday, June 17th                                The Parable of the Virgins: Matthew 25:1-13                    Kevin Armstrong

Sunday, June 24th                                The Parable of the Talents : Matthew 25: 14-30              Jeff Knight

 

June 3, 2018

What time is it now?

June 17, 2018

The Parable of the Virgins

June 10, 2018

What's in focus?

June 24, 2018

The Parable of the Stuff


Ministry Theme 2017-18


Restore: Here as in Heaven

This year at Forest Brook we’re going to take a prolonged look at this Kingdom Jesus talked about. Using the gospel of Matthew as our primary guide we want to let Jesus speak for Himself about the Kingdom He brought, and we will endeavour to listen. 


We desire three outcomes as a result of our study:

The first is that we hope for everyone at Forest Brook to come to understand just what the Kingdom of God is. It’s so much more than a doctrine of the church or some future reality that we are still waiting for. In fact, we believe that if you and I really understood what this Kingdom was, it would be like finding a treasure in a field and then running out to sell everything you have to raise enough money to buy that field (Matthew 13:44). It’s worth that much!

The second outcome we desire is to see everyone at Forest Brook come to the place where they identify themselves with this Kingdom. To see themselves as part of it. But don’t think that will be easy. For that to happen you have to be reborn (John 3:3). And living in this Kingdom is very different from living in this world. The ethics are different. The values are different and extremely challenging. Living in a restored state means being willing to change a lot of things about ourselves in order to come in line with the citizenship of heaven. And living in this Kingdom will be the most important thing in our life – eclipsing everything else. It will become the thing we want most of all out of life (Matthew 6:33). 

Thirdly, we believe that, if we see success in #1 and #2, it will change the way every Forest Brooker relates to the world around us. You can’t be part of this Kingdom of God and look at the world the same way ever again. You realize that there really is a difference between light and darkness. You’ll understand the incredible emancipation from slavery that this Kingdom offers. And you’ll yearn to see every person, every institution, and even the earth itself, healed and restored by this Kingdom, just as you have been. You’ll realize that every place you’re blessed to put your foot is a place where you are meant to proclaim this Kingdom to anybody who will listen (Ephesians 6:15). Every act of service you undertake, every effort to make the world a better place or to touch the life of another, will be married to this message – the Kingdom is here (Matthew 10:7-8). 

Lofty goals, perhaps. But these are the goals of the Kingdom of heaven. It is the reality of God’s restoring grace and power, working in and through you and me to change the world. It’s a worthy cause, won’t you agree? Let’s begin …